Down and Out in Paris and London Author: English Date first posted: November Date most recently updated:
Support Aeon Donate now My neighbour James brings us his rooster, carrying him across the street in his arms. I feel a pang of guilt, sorry that the rooster will soon meet the blade and, if chickens believe such things, his maker.
Luckily, for me, my husband has agreed to do the slaughtering. I go out and meet James. James nods, explains how Stanley, sweet at first, developed a bad habit of chasing and menacing his five-year-old grandson. Stanley started flying over the chain-link fence.
Then the hens followed. He is lean and gangly, a teenager still, probably feather-light. I go inside to get a pet carrier to put Stanley in until my husband returns.
I see this as a testament to how removed we are from slaughter, with what have come to be seen as the unsavoury details of backyard poultry-keeping. His rooster, like so many unwanted ones of backyard chicken-keepers, was an accident. James declines my offer to bring him chicken soup, not wanting to have to explain it to his grandson: I tell him I get it.
I park Stanley in the shade on our back patio and he peers with a beady eye through the holes of his carrier. I wonder what he knows, what he suspects, if anything. A man carries a chicken in his arms to give to his neighbour as a gift. The image almost seems like a metaphor, or the origin of a euphemism: He brought me a chicken — both a gift and a burden, a cursed offering of sorts.
If we suddenly start acknowledging chickens as more than just food, or more than even livestock, would we also agree they are beings worthy of a decent life?
But if I look at this image another way, I see it as an opportunity: But how many Americans have ever looked a chicken straight in the eye, really gazed into that black and amber orb, searching for some kind of signal? Chickens have become the most populous bird on Earth, yet we are distant from them.
Somewhere under 23 billion chickens live on Earth today. The US has the largest broiler chicken industry in the world. Americans eat more chicken than anyone else, and eat more chicken than any other kind of meat. Inthe US produced 9 billion broiler chickens, processed in just national evisceration plants.
These slaughterhouses are out of sight and out of mind for most Americans, save the inhabitants of the towns where they exist. Yet the details are horrific: Their meat has become so ubiquitous that it creates quite the moral quandary.
A burgeoning awareness has led activists to leak what happens inside such facilities to the public through social media, with images and videos ripping virally through the internet — the quickest way to get people riled up about something.
The new law is set to go into effect in An outgrowth of this burgeoning awareness is the trend of backyard chicken-keeping, in rural, urban and suburban settings in the US.Click on Shop Hoagies' Page before you visit your favorite on-line stores including Amazon, Prufrock Press (Prufrock code HOAGIES for free shipping) and many more.
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